Replacing Your Traditional Hot Water Heater With A Tankless Model
So you've read about all of the advantages associated with tankless water heaters, and as a result you've decided to make the switch. Gas-powered tankless hot water heaters are the most energy efficient appliances that you can have in your home to save money on energy as well as reduce water usage. With tankless water heaters, you don't have to worry about them bursting and they don't have to be replaced as often either. Here's some more detailed information on what you can expect as you prepare to switch over to a tankless heater.
Water Consumption and Energy Efficiency
The main different between a traditional and tankless water heater is the way in which water is heated and stored. With a traditional water heater, there will always be somewhere around 50 gallons of water that are kept heated on standby for when a homeowner wants to take a shower, do laundry, or even wash dishes. Tankless water heater models are far more energy efficient, only heating the amount of water that is necessary for performing the task at hand. This means that you will pay less for energy as less water needs to be heated at any given time, and your water consumption will likely be lower too.
When a homeowner who has a traditional water heater installed wants to switch over to a tankless model, there has to be some consideration for system compatibility. It is likely that your plumbing system will need to be upgraded or at least overhauled to work with a tankless water heater. These changes might increase the amount that you pay during the initial installation process, but on the bright side you won't need to make significant changes to your plumbing system again.
Making Room For Your New Tankless Water Heater
Another plus associated with having a tankless water heater installed in any kind of home is the fact that a trained plumber or HVAC technician can always find room. After the old, traditional styled water heater has been taken out you don't necessarily need to have the tankless heater installed in the same place. Tankless water heaters can be mounted on an interior wall or even setup outside, which is great for homes that lack a basement or crawlspace.
You will likely need to receive several months worth of water and heating bills before you see what a major difference a tankless water heater can make. Combined with energy and water conservation efforts, it isn't uncommon for homeowners to significantly reduce their maintenance bills. With your water consumption and energy usage down, you may even consider investing in a few more energy efficient appliances.